Philadelphia Police are Seizing People’s Homes and Not Because they Can’t Pay

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The Philadelphia police are putting home owners on the street and it has nothing to do with their ability to pay the mortgage, nor are they being charged with a crime.

Christos Sourovelis works hard and owns a painting business. He has built a “dream house” in a Philadelphia suburb, and without warning, the city came along and siezed their home.  Sourovelis and his wife, Markela, have never been charged, or accused of any wrong doing.

They are now suing the Philadelphia DA after their home was seized when their son was found with $40 worth of heroin.

A month and half after their son was arrested the police showed up. They opened the door and had their gun drawn on the families dog before Markela Sourovelis even knew what was going on.

This family isn’t alone.  Civil forfeiture allows the city to seize any property without charging the home owner with a crime.

From 2008-2011 Allegheny, PA, filed only 200 petitions for civil forfeiture, in 2011 alone, Philadelphia filed 6,560 petitions.

“The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has turned this tool in to a veritable machine, devouring real and personal property from thousands of residents, many of whom are innocent, and converting that property in to a $5.8 million average annual stream of revenue,” Darpana Sheth, a lawyer with the Virginia-based Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public-interest law firm told CNN.

Civil forfeiture was authorized in 1988 as a means to go after drug traffickers to take away the “tools of the trade”, meaning anything used or earned from the drug business.  However, because these cases are technically civil actions, property owners receive almost none of the protections that criminal defendants receive. Instead of them having to prove your guilt, you must prove your innocence.

The governent must only prove that a property, not the owner, was “more likely than not” involved in the perpetration of a crime.

This week the Sourovelis’s joined with two other families and filed a lawsuit against the DA, city, and the police department.  They are seeking only $6 each in damages, but aim to shut down the civil forfeiture program on constitutional grounds.

Philadelphia has brought in more than $64 million in seized property during the last decade – nearly twice the amount raised by similar programs in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Los Angeles County combined, according to Philly.com.

According to a report by Vice titled ‘Asset Forfeiture, the Cash Cow of the Drug War‘, The Justice Department’s asset forfeiture fund was at $1.8 billion in 2011, and it gave away nearly half a billion dollars to local police departments.

Asset forfeiture keeps the money rolling into police departments, which is in turn used to buy them all sorts of fancy new militarized toys.

What do you say, isn’t it time to end the drug war?

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  • 1stworlder

    Ok there is a massive gang & crime problem in Philly, this is one of the few tools they have to deal with it other than dropping incendiaries like they did on the MOVE house.

    • the massive gang and crime problem is the filthy lawyers, cops, prosecutors, judges, pukes one and all.
      ANY LAW repugnant to the Constitution is null and void automatically. I believe that was affirmed in …uh… lefkowitz v turley, some such name.

      • EyemNotFree

        Overthrow and exterminate

        • by deregistering, maritime liens, and returning all BAR flies to the sworn enemy of freedom: ENGLAND.

          • EyemNotFree

            I am not allowed education so I really do not know or care what you just said. All I know is we need an overthrow and the razing of Harvard like my ancestors should have done with the cannons of Ticonderoga.

  • Cracker122049

    Thug terrorist masquerading as law enforcement are all over the entire country now and has become a growing menace to society as a whole .The one thing you can for sure count on is that this is going to get a lot worse than it is now!

  • Jean

    The cops live among you.
    There is an easy and effective solution: Dead Cops.
    Fires, falling down stairs, bad brakes… Accidents suck, but they happen…

    • EyemNotFree

      Media monguls like Sumner Redstone and viacom convinced you otherwise

  • Rebel Mel

    I see whats going on here. The CIA brings the heroine over here from Afghanistan and distribute it. Then the militarized police force confiscates property, sells it to the highest bidder and then the proceeds go towards their benefits and pensions. This is evil beyond belief!

    • 1stworlder

      Yea because blacks and Hispanics are not smart enough to deal drugs we need the military, opps sorry the CIA to do it for them. Must be some good stuff you are smoking if you think C-130s are landing on Martin Luther King BLVD dropping off drugs

  • whitefeather

    This “Civil Forfeiture” is one of a few items in the 80’s that got me to start speaking out. Have even got the “If you’re not doing anything wrong, then there sholdn’t be a problem, right?” BS This law is rooted in RICO. In fact here where I live they actually cited RICO in many of the drug convictions. This is exactly what our Founders warned against. Only we can stop it……

    • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

      He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

      He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

      deregister from the slave roll. if u r a reg’d voter u r a slave of the federal corporation aka USA INC, which is foreign to the united States of America

      • EyemNotFree

        He has refused to list aggrievances with representation.

    • EyemNotFree

      Overthrow. Arrest the Bush Cartel. Two of my brothers were helped to death with patriotic religious drugs.

  • mike1458

    Google – policing for profit Tennessee

  • M Fr Nch

    How many police personnel have committed crimes? How many judges are corrupt? How many other bureaucrats are criminals? I know exact numbers are hard to pinpoint but it is surely close to 100 percent.
    And they want to use excuses to take what little we have that we have paid for Ok, so what is going to be done? Whining? Crying? B*tching? Writing articles do the effect of catharsis can make you feel better for a little while? Maybe reading some other sites to see if there are others suffering so you can tell yourself it is ok?
    After each country has descended into a dictatorship and millions have been killed off the question always come up , why didn’t they do something about it? Why didn’t they stop it? Good question but out of all those countries Americans have fought back the least, as in not at all. Is it the fluoride? Why do you allow it to be placed in the water? Did you know it makes you passive and dumbs you down? Yes, it does look it up.
    If you want things to be better, you better start doing something more than any have been so far. The other option is no option at all.

  • Concerning the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS): The July 2007 CRIS Report by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (the Court Banking System) is posted in the

    Discussions Thread of the Google Group. It shows the reality of the CRIS system. Within the report, you will find the entire structure of this system, detailing its hierarchy, chain of command, and flow charts

    describing how the funds flow. Notice that a minimum transfer of funds from a court to CRIS is $50

    million. What court would have $50 million to deal with except for bonds being issued on each case? Right in the report, you can see Case Numbers and CUSIP Numbers assigned to the financial transaction

    and the bonding and profits derived from the unknowing victims (i.e., defendants). Note that CRIS held a 2007 balance in excess of Two Trillion Dollars ($2,000,000,000,000)!!! Until after conviction/sentencing the financial transaction part of the Claim Docket is kept in the Judge’s chambers. After sentencing, that information is entered by the Clerk and is sent to Texas.

    from: http://youhavetheright.com/teachers/doug-riddle/19%20Comprehending%20the%20estate%20&%20office%201.pdf

    google : CAFR account, it has over 100 trillion in it most likely. no taxes are ever needed ever again.one site about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy8tnC4xLX8

  • https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://privateaudio.homestead.com/Estate_Executor-Executrix_Office_Letter-Revision-6.pdf&chrome=true

    use the Executor letter, as taught, and stop the Godless demon spawn in their tracks.

    http://www.educationcenter2000.com/remedies-in-commerce/affidavit_of_obligation.pdf

    COMMERCIAL LIEN FOR LOOT FROM THEM MAY BE BEttER:
    DO THIS FIRST. and Executor letter if need be LATER, NOT BOTH AT ONCE.

  • Aram1

    === Made in USSR

    • EyemNotFree

      P lice state.

  • GeorgeW

    This is not about any drug war at all it is pure state bullying. They have given themselves the right to steal based on any excuse they can dream up, and they expect the people will not stand up to them.
    They expect one or two lawsuits, but nothing organized.
    It is very sick.

    • EyemNotFree

      You really have to get a medical opinion on that. Drug cartels will not tolerate addicts. Rush is not an evil addict. The pope blessed him with Oxy addiction. Synthetics are not evil.

    • 1stworlder

      Even the NAACP admitted that over 1/2 of PA prison spending was for prisoners from 11 Philly zip codes. Of course they tried to say that it was discrimination and that murderers and crack hoes are equally spread out. Philly needs ways to deal with savages.

  • Reverend Draco

    Stockholm Syndrome?

    • Rebel Mel

      Oslo syndrome. People can’t really believe this crap is going on here in Amerika

  • EyemNotFree

    It is Zionist socialism. That is how Israel became. The media like Sumner Redstone has brainwashed Americans into thinking they are free. All dissenters are pushed aside and helped to death with psychotropics.

  • Country and Nation are 2 separate things. republic and democracy are too, as is drive v travel, or slave voter out to sea in maritime jurisFiction vs freeman or freewoman on the land where the Constitution is the supreme law.

    • EyemNotFree

      Individual soveriegnty is a threat to religious government cults.

  • wow, I’d upvote that but even for me it’s a tad over the top !! The guy obviously has mental deficiencies , probably a lawyer as they ALL are mental misfits. Perhaps if he lost his house due to a SWAT raid Waco-style his outlook while burning to death would possibly change

    • EyemNotFree

      The Bill of Rights is a fraudulent conspiracy. The US government needs to be overthrown.

      • which govt? the corporate democracy or the constitutional republic? deregistering from the evil one would automatically overthrow it.
        You sound Fed-ish.

        • EyemNotFree

          The religious government that bans free expression, thought speech and trade

          • 1st amendment is followed by da’ guvmint. See Doug Riddle’s exposition on that.
            You sound more fed-ish than ever. You should get that checked

          • EyemNotFree

            I do not know what you are talking about ‘Doug Riddle..’ Telling me to get something checked by a religious thought police medical syndicate is offensive. We do not trust in god or bones in the nose voodoo health care.

    • crazy2medic

      Don’t forget a number of ATF agents died at Waco, so it wasn’t completely one-sided, plus the use of helicopters to strafe the Dravidian compound children and all, of course when the helicopter took a round from a .50 cal that ended that!

      • EyemNotFree

        Ann Richards had spies from the NA AA cults set up the Davidians. Never ever trust a 12 step cultist.

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    a few tidbits from the Declaration of Screw You King George ( Bush included ) Independence

  • ralbaii@aol.com

    Let me guess. Being a typical northeastern metro area dominated by communist ideology therefore debt ridden budgets this is a perfect excuse for your criminal politicians and police chief’s to make a little money for local
    government employees retirement programs?

  • idjit !!!

  • IrishPotatoGun

    Depends who you are. They didn’t try and take Andy Reid’s home when his sons were busted.

  • 1stworlder

    Over 1/2 of all PA state prison spending is for prisoners from 11 Philly Zip codes. If you can think for your self what does that say?

    • EyemNotFree

      Convert or kill the infidel.

  • 1stworlder

    The NAACP in a piece about the cough cough “school prison pipeline” admitted that 1/2 of all PA state prison spending was for prisoners from 11 Philly zip codes. You want to pretend that there are murderers & crack hoes in every PA zip code and that cops only bust them in Philly.

  • peace angel

    SO THEY ACCUSED THE KID OF TRAFFICKING???

    YOU WILL BE NEXT.

  • EyemNotFree

    Rush Limbaugh had over 100,000 oxys. It is a Republican conspiriacy to convert or kill the infidel.

  • dxsmopuim

    If it were me I would not use the corrupt legal system to fight the corrupt legal system. I would just kill everyone involved and then kill everyone that would become involved after that. ENOUGH is ENOUGH !

  • EyemNotFree

    The p lice create the gangs. P verts are trained by the churches. Africans really do not care at all about the history of human rights but the free stuff they can get from the religious charities. A government that worships dogs will sniff your body waste.

  • https://docs.google.com/viewer

    use the Executor letter, as taught, and stop the Godless demon spawn in their tracks.